FROM CD #2:
My Lady's Bower
Music by "Hope Temple" (Alice M. Davis);
words by Frederick E. Weatherly
Frederick E. Weatherly
Born in Dublin as Alice Maude (Dotie) Davis, Temple was first a collaborator and later wife to the light opera composer André Messager. There exists an Irish/Jewish/musical connection unlikely to have been lost on Joyce: her sister Ada was married to Samuel Lewis, the most successful Jewish moneylender in England:
English money-lender and philanthropist; born in Birmingham 1837; died in London Jan. 13, 1901. Lewis began work when thirteen years old. He became a salesman of steel pens, then opened a jeweler's shop, and finally entered the business, with which his name was most identified, that of money-lending. He became the most fashionable money-lender of his day. Nearly every noble family in Great Britain is said to have been more or less in business connection with Lewis. He left nearly twenty million dollars, of which five millions are to go to charity on the death of his widow, Ada Davis Lewis, a sister of Hope Temple, the composer.
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Jew. Chron. Jan. 18, 1901;
The Sketch (London), Jan. 23, 1901
This entry includes text from The Jewish Encyclopedia, 1906.